With the introduction of teeth, Liam was super anxious to start chewing on things besides his toys. It then became an issue of trying to find the perfect balance between food soft enough that he wouldn’t choke, but bulky enough to satisfy his need to bite. Up until he was 8 months old, I was still giving him the finely pureed food and then a rice rusk to play with. This became a huge disaster because purees and rusks are vile once mixed together. So I had to get creative with his food. It began small, but for months 8 and 9, I put fork mashed potatoes or cauliflower or even pastas into the purees. I also spent a lot more time with finger foods like puffs and tiny pieces of steamed broccoli.
This is also where the mesh feeder became a god-send. Because Liam had to do everything himself, I was worried about him choking. Thankfully, I could all the fruits and veggies he desired into this little gadget and he would go to town, mashing and slurping his way to bliss.
- 2 carrots
- 1 cup peas
- 1 medium potato, baked
Steam the carrots and peas until tender. Whirl them in your food processor or blender until smooth. Fork mash the potato until it is mashed but still slightly lumpy. Mix all 3 ingredients together and freeze.
Freezing the baby food was a challenge for me. I had purchased an exorbitant amount of ice cube trays several years ago because our fridge doesn’t have an ice maker and we were always running out. As time passed though, I no longer had 8 trays of cube sitting in the freezer and they were instead piling up in my cupboards. Initially, I made a large batch of butternut squash and froze it in the ice cube trays. Then, I popped each cube out and saved them in a freezer bag. It seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but then I had several different flavors and combinations and it became easier to just leave them in the trays. Which was great, but then I had to pry them out of each tray with a knife. So then I saw someone on a blog saving their food in the plastic gerber containers. Over time, I will confess that I have amassed far more of these containers than I had planned to. However, they are wonderful for freezing things. I have erasable markers and write the contents of the container on the lid; the marker stays on the container until I wash it off. When I want something out of the container, I run it under some hot water to loosen it up and then pop Liam’s dinner out into a bowl to warm up. (I microwaved a container once and it melted… it totally freaked me out and I never did it again.) However fantastic this idea is, I’m putting these trays on my wish list. Mainly because once I froze some plums in the only silicone trays I had and they were a cinch to get out. And they were in the shape of hearts. So it was cute.